Cornwall Glass launches acid-etch decorative float glass

Cornwall Glass launches acid-etch decorative float glass
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Cornwall Glass has announced the launch of its in-house interior and exterior, acid-etched decorative float glass range – Opaletch.

Stored and processed in exactly the same way as ordinary float glass, Opaletch can be cut, drilled and toughened as standard, without any special adaptation.

This makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications from splashbacks, shelving and shower screens, to office or home partitioning, balustrading, external glazing and cladding and more.

Matt Prowse, Cornwall Glass Director, said Opaletch, opened-up a diverse range of high margin sales opportunities.

He said: “Opaletch delivers all of the flexibility of standard float glass in a decorative finish. This means that it’s suitable for an almost endless variety of installations and applications.

“The difference is in perceived value to the end-user. Opaletch can be sold as a premium and high-margin platform because the value-add that it delivers, is immediately tangible.

“It has applications across construction from balustrading and cladding to office partitioning.  It can be used in IGU manufacture, multi laminate panels for vertical or horizontal panels such as floor glass. It massively extends the reach to many within the industry and is aimed at the end user wanting something different.”

Opaletch is available in 12 different patented designs. This includes satin; diagonal, offset, hatched, over-lapping and Opaletch, lines; dots; ovals; pills; waves and overlapping waves.

It’s available in a variety of thicknesses from stock. The most sought after thickness generally requested seem to be 4mm and 10mm. Other thicknesses are available upon request. Standard stock sizes are 3210mm X 2250mm or 1320mm X 2140mm.

The acid-etching process is applied to single sides as standard but can also be manufactured with a dual-sided finish depending on application and the light translucence and finish required.

“Handling and processing of Opaletch is going to be familiar to all glass processors. It can go anywhere standard float glass can go.

“But the opportunity to build-in margin is just in a different league”, added Matt.

Operating from 16 locations throughout the South West and along the M4 corridor, Cornwall Glass’ service and product offer includes architectural glass, toughened and laminated glass and sealed units – including over-sized units – in addition to decorative float glass.

Earlier this year it announced the acquisition of multi-laminate specialist LW Architectural Glass, which started trading under its new name of Cornwall Architectural Glass – London, in April.

“We have incredible capacity and capability and I genuinely don’t think there is another glass processor out there which has the infrastructure that we now have”, said Matt.

“That translates into our product and service offer from our capacity to deliver rapid turnaround on IGUs, including over-sized units, to toughened glass and our new reach into multi-laminates through Cornwall Architectural Glass.

“Opaletch sits as part of this comprehensive offer. Where it’s perhaps unique, is its suitability for a diverse range of interior and exterior applications and in the potential and significant additional margin that it can offer glass processors and retailers.”

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